Egremont Foodbank and Cash for Kids to be supported during 2017’s festive season

Monday 11th December 2017: Britain’s Energy Coast team members will support a £2,000 charity programme this year as part of festive celebrations.

New Community and Energy Officer, Adam Phillips and recently appointed Business Admin Apprentice, Rachel Murray, have led an internal project to identify local charities that will benefit from financial support this year.

Egremont Food Bank and CFM’s Cash for Kids Mission Christmas campaign have been chosen following Adam and Rachel’s presentations to senior team members at BEC and engagement with Hugh Branney from the Town Council, at Cleator Moor where BEC’s HQ is sited.

The programme will see BEC donate the team’s voluntary Christmas party contributions to good causes, together with a matched donation by the firm – estimated to raise £2,000.

The financial contributions will sit alongside informal education that will share the great work of the two local charities with everyone at BEC, aiding greater local visibility for the supported organisations.

Adam explained why the Egremont Foodbank has been supported: “When Rachel and I set out on this project we had a very clear aim: to support a charity that would benefit people on our doorstep. There are many worthy causes in the UK and we wanted to give financial support to a charity that would support people as close to our bases in Cumbria as possible.

“Cleator Moor, where our HQ is based, does not have its own foodbank but more than 200 people attending the Trussell Trust’s site in Egremont are from the town, and a heart-breaking half of those in receipt of help are children. We were impressed by Egremont’s commitment in sending a mobile support van to Cleator Moor to ensure those who are most vulnerable in our society, and who cannot travel, could still receive help. Our donation will be supporting this service over the festive period.”

In addition to financial support, the number of foodbank collection points at Westlakes Science and Technology Park have been increased.

Cash for Kids runs the Mission Christmas campaign annually. Each year it raises funds and collects unwrapped Christmas gifts for young people in Cumbria, who would not otherwise have a present to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Speaking about the support for Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas campaign, Rachel added: “Westlakes Science and Technology Park has supported Mission Christmas for many years by acting as a collection hub for the 2,000 people that work on the site. This year we wanted to go further and provide financial support. Last year the initiative raised more than £500,000 in gifts and cash and supported 7,100 local children. We hope, that with our help, this year’s campaign will be able to reach even more deserving families and children.

Speaking about the campaign, BEC CEO , Michael Pemberton added: “I’m very proud of the charity programme that Adam and Rachel have developed for us this year, and we are delighted to be able to support our community through these hard-working organisations.”